Opposition leaders raised slogans with a placard ‘Save Farmers, Save India’ as they reached Jantar Mantar to extend their support to farmers.
Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Gaurav Gogoi; Shiv Sena‘s Sanjay Raut, RJD‘s Manoj Jha, DMK’s T Siva and others participated in the protest at Jantar Mantar today.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi along with other opposition parties’ leaders visit farmers’ Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, Friday. (PTI photo)
While attending the protest at Jantar Mantar, Rahul Gandhi also raised the issue of Pegasus snooping row.
“Today all opposition parties have gathered here (Jantar Mantar) to extend their support against ‘Kala Kanoon’ (farm laws). We want a discussion over Pegasus, but they (Centre) are not letting it happen. Narendra Modi has intercepted every Indian’s phone,” he said.
The decision to join the event was taken at the meeting of 14 opposition leaders at the Parliament House early morning on Saturday.
Leaders of several parties including the Congress, DMK, TMC, NCP, Shiv Sena, RJD, SP, CPIM, AAP, CPI, IUML, RSP, NC and LJD attended the opposition meeting.
Farmers from many states have been protesting on different borders on Delhi since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farms Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
They allege the three laws are meant to serve the corporates and throw the small and medium farmers out of business. The government however denies these charges and is of the view that the laws will help the farmers.
Many rounds of talks between the farmers have been inconclusive so far. While the farmers are firm on their demand for the repeal of the laws, the government has said it is open to work out other options but will not agree to the demand of repealing of the three laws.